Heather McGregor awarded CIPR President's Medal

Taylor Bennett Managing Director, Heather McGregor has been awarded the CIPR President's Medal for 2015 for her outstanding commitment to diversity issues impacting the public relations profession.

Heather was awarded the CIPR’s most prestigious accolade by President Sarah Pinch Chart.PR, FCIPR at a Taylor Bennett Foundation graduation ceremony, hosted by MHP Communications on Thursday evening.

Heather established the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2008 to address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the PR industry. The Foundation exists to encourage black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates to pursue a career in communications.

Sarah Pinch Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR Past President
For almost a decade Heather McGregor has led the formation and establishment of this brilliant organisation. Heather’s personal determination to make the Foundation succeed has never abated. 

She has believed for many years that having a more diverse profession would be good for business, good for employers and employees – and most importantly – that diversity is necessary for the future good health of PR.

Sarah Pinch Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR Past President

Heather's dogged determination to make a measurable difference to the industry in which her business operates resulted in the Foundation achieving charitable status in 2013. She also received a CBE last year for services to Business, especially Employment Skills and Diversity in the Workplace.

Over 150 black and minority ethnic graduates have now been through the Foundation’s programme, 83% of whom now work in the PR industry. Having personally financed much of the Foundation's work, Heather remains closely involved with the charity and delivers networking workshops for each group of graduate trainees.

Further information on the Taylor Bennett Foundation can be found online.

Notes to editors

About the CIPR President's Medal
First awarded in 1966, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) President’s Medal is awarded at the President’s sole discretion to recognize the actions of an individual who has played a significant role in developing public relations’ ability to engage, communicate and to campaign, or whose actions have highlighted the role and benefit of public relations to society.

Previous winners of the CIPR President’s Medal include:

  • 2012: Lord Coe
  • 2009: Sir Tim Berners Lee
  • 2004: Archbishop Desmond Tutu